I was looking at the true/false more as “feedback,” not something I would put in my HTML code, but you are correct. It would be very confusing to new users. It was very confusing to me and I’ve been doing this for years; I thought I was doing something wrong! Now that I understand why, I feel more confident, but I wasted a lot of time trying to find out why the code in the inspector was reporting differently than what it should be.
I would have been 100% satisfied with a help article or tip that had said “The markup view is not meant to represent the authored HTML from the page, it’s a representation of what the browser understands and renders.” or maybe something in more lay terms for beginners
I appreciate your feedback, it’s important that we discuss things in this manner so we can help develop better products. I didn’t consider how my idea would impact beginners.